Post Crisis Monetary Policy Frameworks in sub-Saharan Africa

Louis Kasekende and Martin Brownbridge, Bank of Uganda

Most of the monetary policy frameworks which use a domestic anchor for monetary policy in sub-Saharan Africa employ quantitative money targets. Although these frameworks proved useful in reducing inflation in sub-Saharan Africa, they were not well suited to the discretionary fine tuning of monetary policy that was required in response to the global economic crisis. Monetary policy frameworks should be reformed in the post crisis period, especially in the “frontier markets” of sub-Saharan Africa, where the need for activist demand management will grow in line with economic development and the integration of domestic financial sectors into global markets. Reforms should include adopting a broader set of policy objectives in addition to inflation, replacing broad money as the intermediate target with a more sophisticated set of indicators and forecasts and reform of the operating target. This should be complemented by measures to strengthen the transmission mechanism of monetary policy.